A SWAT team becomes trapped in a tenement run by a ruthless mobster and his army of killers and thugs.
Violent beauty! Action that cuts like a razor blade!
Gareth Evans went on a journey to document Indonesian martial arts… which gave birth to two amazing action flicks.
The Raid is tough as nails.
In the heart of Jakarta lies a building that has become a haven for the crooked. Feared by all, even by the police. A ragtag SWAT team is sent in to capture the big boss and cleanse the infamous tower.
TRIVIA: The original title “Serbuan Maut” means Deadly Invasion in English.
Lead actor Iko Uwais teams up once again with write/director Evans, after their success with Merantau (2009), to bring us this spectacle of violence. An action packed bag of guns, knives and fists.
I would like to give special mention to the performance of Yayan Ruhian aka MAD DOG. That motherfucker was BRUTAL!!! Hands down.
The fighting was a beautiful manly ballet. A relentless assault on the senses and gives us a thrill most “Hollywood action films” cannot deliver. The tension of survival and mysterious characters are just some of the things that give this film that added “umph!”.
The story was simple and went straight to the biscuits. It’s an action movie that delivers the goods. There were some (expected) twists along the way, which didn’t harm the film. The cinematography and lighting was great.
WOAH! I loved it every time they shot a guy in the face. Point fucking blank.
I could go on and on about the fighting and awesomeness of this manly man film, there was just so much… maybe even “too much”.
Was there anything bad about it? Well… everyone knows how to fight! I snickered every time some random guy would bust out some pretty awesome moves. Unbelievable but good nevertheless.
Action fans: The Raid is a must-see.